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Due to the latest COVID restrictions allowing only 5 students to a class, it is uneconomical to hold classes at the Mechanic's Institute. When these restrictions are lifted I will restart classes in The Mechanic's Institute.

Until then, I do not know when my next beginner's classes will start.

For existing students we would like to offer the possibility of classes at the weekend at our home. (Our eircode V94D9D9.)  We have a large outdoor, covered training area (about 25% larger than the hall in Limerick.) There will be a Saturday & Sunday morning class, starting this weekend (Sept 8th & 9th) from 9.30-11.30am.

If you are interested please let me know.


BOOK:  I hope my book will be available for purchase from Sept 30th



About this Website

This website is mostly a repository of some of my writings. I write primarily to try and clarify my thinking and refine my understanding. Most of the articles to be found here were not aimed at improving other’s understanding but at improving my own. They were derived from experience primarily. It is as a consequence of others asking to read them that I have rewritten and put them into the public domain. Initially I have put up the pieces I think most helpful to see how it goes. Any comments suggestions or criticisms are welcome. Please feel free to copy them but please acknowledge where they came from.

About Nick Gudge

I was born in 1962, come from a very large family and have travelled widely. I have lived in County Clare since 1994. I live with my partner Kim & our three children. We live in a house we designed and built with a garden and orchard we designed and planted.  I value honesty and integrity: I respect these and perseverance greatly. I am a fairly private person.

My Thanks to My Teachers

Wang Hai JunI have had many people try to teach me and many more inspire me. Only a few of these have been my teachers although many have inspired me. Highest of these are my partner Kim and my children Rowan, Amber and Cormac. They continue to suffer my foibles without too much complaint for which I am very grateful.

In Taijiquan my greatest teacher is Wang Hai Jun to whom I own almost all my understanding.

In Woodwork my greatest teacher was Derek Glew.

In Education my greatest teachers have been my partner Kim and my children Rowan, Amber and Cormac

In Building I am particularly indebted to Ewen McEwan: I wish him well on his journey.

In Gardening I thank the garden itself which has guided us to something inspirational and beautiful.

My thanks to all those who have helped me on my way and borne the brunt of my enquiries and investigations and willingly ‘suffered’ in conversation and discussion with me. I remain dedicated to life long learning.